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    Red face Just curious I guess

    Hopefully its okay to ask this here. And hopefully I can explain my question without talking in too many circles. So I was thinking about how BM changes as your baby grows, and that got me wondering about the mamas who relactate or induce lactaction for adoption. Is it an issue at all if the babies age and the stage of milk don't match? Like if you've been pumping milk for 6 months to get ready for an adoption and then nurse your newborn? I'm sure its still much better than formula. I know someone who started pumping after her three year old weaned, and adopted a newborn like a year later and only stopped pumping when he started nursing.

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    Hmm... Good question! My guess is that milk composition is regulated not so much by the baby's age as by how the baby is nursing. Newborns tend to nurse frequently, older babies tend to space their feedings out a bit more. And the baby gets to decide what composition of milk to take in- if she wants mostly foremilk, she stops nursing when the milk turns too creamy. If she's really hungry, she drains the hindmilk, too. My guess is that even if you started out with an older baby's milk supply, nursing a newborn would rapidly alter your milk output to match the younger baby's needs.

    Even if I'm just blowing smoke, breastmilk that isn't exactly tailored to the baby's age still must be loads better than formula, which is the same composition from day 1.
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    Default Re: Just curious I guess

    I agree with pp

    also, breastmilk changes with the environment as well. Did you know that when it's super hot and humid your body produces more foremilk to ensure that your baby doesn't get dehydrated?? Isn't that awesome? So if the environment can change the composition of your breastmilk, I assume that it's much more complex then most people think - leading me to believe that it can certainly self regulate depending on baby's intake, speed, frequency, suction level, etc..
    ~Jenn~


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    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

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    Default Re: Just curious I guess

    I have mulled this over as well. BF is so awesome!

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    Default Re: Just curious I guess

    I was actually thinking about this the other day, but i was thinking if a mother is breasfeeding a toddler and then has a new baby and continues breastfeeding her toddler and a new baby who's needs soes it adjust to?


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*logans-mum View Post
    I was actually thinking about this the other day, but i was thinking if a mother is breasfeeding a toddler and then has a new baby and continues breastfeeding her toddler and a new baby who's needs soes it adjust to?
    the infant. During pregnancy the body basically resets itself and produces colostrum around the time of birth and goes from there.
    ~Jenn~


    mother of 2 boys!
    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

    ************************************************** ************************************************** *****************
    People need to understand that when they're deciding between breastmilk and formula, they're not deciding between Coke and Pepsi.... They're choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available. ~Chele Marmet

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    Default Re: Just curious I guess

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sch.mommy View Post
    I agree with pp

    also, breastmilk changes with the environment as well. Did you know that when it's super hot and humid your body produces more foremilk to ensure that your baby doesn't get dehydrated?? Isn't that awesome? So if the environment can change the composition of your breastmilk, I assume that it's much more complex then most people think - leading me to believe that it can certainly self regulate depending on baby's intake, speed, frequency, suction level, etc..
    Wow!!

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*logans-mum View Post
    I was actually thinking about this the other day, but i was thinking if a mother is breasfeeding a toddler and then has a new baby and continues breastfeeding her toddler and a new baby who's needs does it adjust to?
    I'd love to know the answer to this one, too! (And is it connected to why it is suggested to nurse an infant and then let the toddler use the same breast?)
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    Default Re: Just curious I guess

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sch.mommy View Post
    the infant. During pregnancy the body basically resets itself and produces colostrum around the time of birth and goes from there.
    Thats awesome. Good to know


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*logans-mum View Post
    Thats awesome. Good to know
    I just want to mention though, that the toddler still gets the benefits of the breastmilk, of course, but it's tailored toward the infant. Plus the toddler is usually eating at least some solids by the time the next baby is born. I don't want anyone to think that the breastmilk wouldn't be good for toddlers because it would be, just not targeted specifically for them, kwim?
    ~Jenn~


    mother of 2 boys!
    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

    ************************************************** ************************************************** *****************
    People need to understand that when they're deciding between breastmilk and formula, they're not deciding between Coke and Pepsi.... They're choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available. ~Chele Marmet

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    Default Re: Just curious I guess

    I didn't know any of that. So it turns out my body is all kinds of awesome and I never realized it.

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